FOCUS ON ABILITY

EMPLOYMENT FIRST!

  1. BENEFITS TO BUSINESS

    Individuals with a developmental disability

    • stay on the job 5 times longer
    • have 86% greater attendance
    • have 20% higher productivity
    • work 98% safer and
    • improve business image.

    Plus, most consumers prefer to shop at places with a diverse workforce.

  2. SERVICES

    We offer

    • pre-screening of our participants for specific skills and aptitude
    • assistance, as needed, in the hiring process
    • individualized, on the job, training for the employee
    • on-site support, teaching new skills, corporate culture and employers’ expectations
    • on-going check-ins and re-training as necessary
    • Disability Awareness training for current employers
    • qualified job coaches who have WorkSafe coverage, health and disability, and liability insurance up to $2,000,000 provided through the Clements Centre Society and
    • all services for free.
  3. FAQ

    What is the Employer’s Liability?

    An employer’s liability for an employee with a disability is no different than any other typical employee. National studies have shown that workers who have a disability have no more accidents or injuries than other workers, and in fact, have a lower turnover rate.

    What is a Job Coach?

    We work directly with both the employer and employee to meet the employment goals. A coach is there to help the employee learn their tasks, and to help with communication skills. Systems are put into place allowing the job coach to eventually fade out of the day to day interactions. This gives the employee their independence and enables the employer to work directly with their new hire, as they would any other employee.

    How much support will the job seeker get from the Employment Counsellor/Job Coach?

    As employment counsellors/job coaches, our mandate is to support our job seekers through the various phases of employment, until everyone is comfortable with the situation, at which time the job coach fades into the background until further assistance is sought. If any retraining or assistance is needed these support systems are available upon request.

    If I am uncomfortable giving direction or feedback to a person with a developmental disability, what do I do?

    We offer Disability Awareness training to employers, teaching skills and giving tools to help the employer address any issues directly with their employee.

     

  4. LINKS

    Check out this video on the economic benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

  5. CONTACT US

    For more information on the Supported Employment Program, please contact:

    Libby Searle () or

    Leigh Pedley () at

     250.597.3306

  1. CAN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WORK?

    Any person can work if they really want to. The job seekers we work with are very motivated and have a variety of skills.

  2. OH, YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?

    Everyone is unique and has a variety of abilities and skills. At the Clements Centre, we are hopeful that one day, we will all be looked upon for our abilities and NOT our disabilities. One day, everyone will be included and valued in all workplaces.

  3. I HAVE HIRED A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY AND IT DID NOT WORK OUT VERY WELL.

    With people in all situations, some experiences are better than others. Our goal is to find the ‘right fit’ for both the employer and employee. We do a lot of work, before the job starts, to ensure job seekers have the skills necessary for the position and the employer has the support to make it work. If you are open to offering an opportunity, we would be happy to help you find the right fit.

  4. OH, IT IS SO NICE OF YOU TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

    Clements Centre staff are not doing a good deed or performing a charitable act. We believe in supporting people to find meaningful work as it benefits both the local community, and society as a whole. Often, employment leads to improvements, both financially and socially, resulting in a better quality of life.

  1. ELIGIBILITY

    Employment counsellors are here to work with people with developmental disabilities, through job coaching, informational interviews, and new skill development. Job seekers best served by this program must have a desire to work and should have goals in mind.

    Individuals must be independently mobile (with or without aids) and self-administer medication.

    The Supported Employment Program has no fees for its service to employers or job applicants. Participants must be eligbile for CLBC funding (Community Living British Columbia) to be a part of this program.

  2. SERVICES

    The Supported Employment Program provides the following services:

    • help with developing a detailed, self-directed vocational plan
    • assistance with individualized active job search
    • coaching and counselling in job search techniques, work attitudes and social skills
    • individualized, on-the-job-training to support participants in accomplishing their duties
    • follow-up support to ensure long-term success
    • retraining as necessary
    • personal advocacy for employment related matters and
    • group learning in the form of ‘Job Club’, which gives participants an idea of what employers are looking for.
  3. FAQ

    Where can I work?

    Through the discovery process, we will get to know your likes and dislikes. We will find out about your hobbies and your goals. This will give both you and the employment counsellor a good background to send you in the right direction on your job search.

    How much money will I make?

    Most of the companies that have been hiring our clients pay minimum wage or slightly higher.

    Can I still go on our family vacations?

    Most employers will give you time off, as long as they know ahead of time. If you have a standing vacation every year, it is best to tell the employer before you are hired. We have never had an employer refuse to give time off.

    Can I still have time with my friends?

    Most positions are between 4 and 20 hours per week, which means you will have lots of time to spend with friends and doing the activities that you love.

     

  4. LINKS

    Check out this video on employment for people with developmental disabilities at McMaster University.

  5. CONTACTS

    For more information, please contact our program coordinator:

    Cindy Collins () at

    250.597.3386

     

    All job seekers must have a referral from CLBC (Community Living British Columbia -- http://www.communitylivingbc.ca) before accessing our Supported Employment Program.

     

    CLBC Duncan

    Suite 101 – 116 Queens Road
    Duncan, BC
    V9L 2W6
    1-855-390-7200